21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation maker website.

Gdansk, Poland to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gdansk in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday maker tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 1st (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, then get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, then enjoy the sea views from Yakushima Lighthouse (Nagata Lighthouse), and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in March: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get a sense of the local culture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip website.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Miyakojima takes 9.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, with highs in Miyakojima at 29°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 6th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakama-river Protected Region, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ishigaki Yaima Village and Cape Hirakubozaki. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.